Arriving in Canadice, New York
We rolled into New York from Martha’s Vineyard and one thing was apparent, the air temperature was much higher! We went from 60 degrees to 90-100 degrees in no time! We realized that it was going to be a hot day on the kayak at Canadice Lake.
We went to John’s house, got acquainted and rigged up the rods for freshwater. The next day, we took a 45 minute drive to the beautiful Canadice Lake. It’s a deep glacier lake surrounded by two mountains and it has the most clear water I have seen in my life.
“It’s a deep glacier lake surrounded by two mountains and it has the most clear water I have seen in my life.”
Hitting the Water on Canadice Lake
We got the kayaks launched and hit the water. We immediately saw baitfish moving around everywhere but we were only getting Bluegill and Perch tapping on our drop shots. We continued to move around the lake in search of a hungry Bass or Lake Trout.
“We continued to move around the lake in search of a hungry Bass or Lake Trout.”
After fishing about half the day with little action, I became frustrated with the Bass fishing and began trolling deep water for Lake Trout. I had two rods out perpendicular to the boat acting as outriggers and used my deeper sonar to watch what depth I was trolling in.
Trolling for Lake Trout
I was sticking around the 45 foot mark and after a few minutes got whacked on my deep diving Jerkbait. I was crazy excited when the fish started pulling me around the lake in my kayak!
“I was crazy excited when the fish started pulling me around the lake in my kayak!”
Right as I pulled it to the surface, I couldn’t get my net out fast enough and lost the fish. It was one of the most frustrating fish losses I have had in my life…
I have what I believe to be a lake trout curse, from my time out in Yellowstone National Park, where my job was removing them. In that time, I had handled over 20,000 Lakers, but I have never caught a single one with a rod and reel.
Lake Trout Fishing Woes
After collecting my thoughts, I began trolling again and it wasn’t long before I saw another fish marked on my graph. At that time, my rod bent over and I was hooked up!
This time I tried to set the hooks nice and deep. After a solid hookset, I thought I was gonna land the fish for sure. Right as I was pulling it to the surface, it did the classic Lake Trout head shake and I watched in horror as my bait flung from its mouth.
I was pretty defeated after that… Everything I was doing was working, yet the fish just weren’t cooperating after I hooked up. John had hooked into two solid bass while I was attempting to catch these fickle Lake Trout. He caught them on a Booyah Spinnerbait which sounded like fun, but I couldn’t give up.
“John had hooked into two solid bass while I was attempting to catch these fickle Lake Trout.”
I trolled another two miles in hopes of one more hookup, but it never ended up happening.
Wrapping Up a Tough Day Fishing for Lake Trout
We wrapped up our day on the water, headed back to the house, and ate at John’s family’s restaurant. Even though I had a fun day on a beautiful mountain lake, the giant Lake Trout that I lost will always haunt me. The company and scenery was top notch, though!
After we hopped off the water, we headed over to Niagara Falls to see the incredible views. We had a great time being tourists and seeing the power of the falls was magnificent!
“We had a great time being tourists and seeing the power of the falls was magnificent!”
Off to Lake St. Clair Fishing for Smallmouth
John was an awesome host in Canadice, and even though he caught more fish than me, he didn’t rub it in too much. Alex and I will now be heading to chase some mega smallmouth with Ben Nowak on Lake St. Clair!